Braid: The Pro and Cons

From the desk of WINCH casting Braid

While researching for good quality and cost-effective braid the Winch brand was born. Here are a few interesting facts about braided lines. Braided fishing lines are all manufactured using the same principles, multiple strands are weaved together to create the line. Braided lines were created in the early 1900s when they used natural materials to weave the line, but they seriously lacked the strength needed. Nowadays the braid strands are made from synthetic microfibres of polyethelene (plastic). The method of weaving the braid is a mechanical intensive process. Normally braid would be flat, but improving the weaving pattern continuously changes the look and feel of the braid. The closer the strands are interwoven, the better the quality and strength of the braid, it’s smoother, stronger and more flexible and also eliminates water retention. The result is a line that is generally one-third of the diameter of monoline with the same strength.

Pros of braid

  1. You can spool more line on your reel.
  2. Casts farther.
  3. Doesn’t have memory.
  4. Hardly any stretch.
  5. A Textured line is often more suitable between weed and debris.

Cons of braid

  1. Strong, so difficult to cut
  2. Not as abrasion resistant than Mono
  3. Knots are trickier to make.
  4. Quite visible underwater.
  5. More expensive

Why do anglers use braid?

The braided line offers excellent strength for a thin diameter, casts extremely far, and also does not stretch. These properties make braid an excellent choice for fishing around heavy cover and in dirty or muddy water conditions.

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